VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Violence is a tragic and often intentional act that can lead to serious injury or death

There were 33 homicides per year, on average, in BC between 2013 and 2017 1

OVERVIEW

Violence can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Violence includes:

  • Abuse or neglect of children and youth
  • Youth violence and bullying
  • Cyberbullying 4
  • Gender-based violence and sexual assault
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Workplace violence
  • Violence in sports
  • Elder abuse

There were 1164 assaults per year, on average, resulting in hospitalization in BC from 2012/13 to 2016/17 1

RESEARCH

BCIRPU is working in a number of areas to understand and prevent violence-related injuries and deaths.

Traumatic Head Injury due to Child Maltreatment

Traumatic Head Injury due to Child Maltreatment (THI-CM) is detected by the signs and symptoms resulting from the violent shaking of an infant or small child, and is the leading cause of death and injury in infants under the age of 1 yr. Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC, a program of BC Children’s Hospital, has delivered the Period of PURPLE Crying® Program to parents across the province since 2009.

Brain Injury in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

An estimated 230,000 women in Canada suffer severe physical violence at the hands of a partner every year, and up to 92% of these women may also experience a brain injury. BCIRPU partnered with Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research (SOAR) to create a Concussion Awareness Training Tool e-learning module for people who work with women survivors of IPV.

24% of assault-related hospitalizations were among 0 to 24-year-olds 2

PREVENTION

Violence can be prevented. The World Health Organization lists four steps to stop violence5:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Identify causes and risk factors
  3. Design and test interventions
  4. Increase effective interventions

Watch for warning signs, know how to respond to someone disclosing abuse, find the tools to make a safety plan, and know how to get help.

Violence prevention resources specific for Indigenous peoples:

RESOURCES

An estimated 230,000 women in Canada suffer severe physical violence at the hands of a partner every year 3

News

1. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2013-2017.

2. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2012/13-2016/17.

3. Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury Though Research. Available from: https://soarproject.ca/

4. Public Safety Canada. Info Sheet: Cyberbullying. Available from: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2015-r038/index-en.aspx

5. World Health Organization. “Violence and Injury Prevention.” Available from: https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/en/